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4th TCM Goes Political

TCM Kongress Rothenburg 2018

One of the most important event for TCM political community.

4th TCM goes political! 15h – 18 h

ETCMA event

Location Hotel Eisenhut





Gerd Ohmstede (D)

Welcome; General Outlook and Aims on This Session


Johanna Biemans (NL)

ETCMA, stronger together with one voice

TCM-political processes in European countries we can learn from


Ramon Calduch (Spain)

Legal perspectives for TCM-Practitioners and policy makers towards recognition in Spain.


Ricardo Teixeira (PT)

After Law – Challenges in TCM practice in Portugal





Giulia Boschi (It)

Erasmus project: Chinese Yangsheng, a model for adult education in Europe

Role of Research in TCM Politics


Mel Hopper Koppelman (UK)

The Scientific Evidence for Acupuncture: Good arguments on that Acupuncture works to Patients, Practitioners and Policy Makers


Dr. Tristan Cuniot, Christophe Enderlin (both FR)

UNESCO World Acupuncture Day, 2018, WSCDA 15th-17th November 2018, Paris


Johanna Biemans

Gerd Ohmstede

Closure Remarks


ETCMA, stronger together with one voice.
Johanna Biemans, MSc (NL)

The TCM profession has been under pressure from its introduction in the West mid seventies up till this date. Although many forces are in our interest, the ultimate acceptance in Europe as an equal profession for the European citizens, remains uncertain. The ETCMA as the biggest umbrella organisation in Europe represents over 14.000 TCM practitioners and is growing with a steady pace. We, more than ever, feel the urgency to be united and speak with one voice. This exposes certain challenges upon us. In this talk the most crucial ones are highlighted.

Erasmus project: Chinese Yangsheng, a model for adult education in Europe.
Giulia Boschi (IT)

The Erasmus+ “Learning methods in TCM and Yangsheng: towards excellence in adult education” EU project, is an on-going project co-operated by four European partners: OTTO (Italy), Vestifex (Estonia), Imne (Spain) and Drei Länder Schule (Germany). In line with Health 2020: a European policy framework supporting action across government and society for health and well-being, this project has among its objectives drawing from traditional Yangsheng (‘nourishing life’) teaching methodologies in order to empower health literacy in adult education.
As stated by Health 2020: “Enabling people to have control over their health and its determinants strengthens communities and improves lives”. We believe that Yangsheng could play a major role in this framework.
Through the teachings of ‘Yangsheng’ we have elaborated a new concept of health literacy which could help a ‘bottom-up” salutogenetic process for the wellbeing of individuals and society.
The individualized approach to health and care promoted by the European Union is nowadays strongly counteracted by an ever growing zest for standardization. The same is happening in the Chinese medicine context. We feel the need for new assessment tools which could help appreciating the informal, experience-based, individually shaped core competencies of Yangsheng disciplines.
We welcome European experts to exchange their views with us on these topics.

Development status and prospect of chinese medicine education in Spain
Prof. Dr. Ramon Mª Calduch (Spain)

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have existed for thousands of years in their country of origin and area of influence. In the West, they have been introduced gradually, however it is not until the last 40 years that its implementation has achieved great notoriety. This fact has generated a controversy that goes from its most staunch defenders to the most stubborn detractors, the former based on its benefits and the latter based on its lack of scientific evidence.
The WHO Strategy 2014-2023 on Traditional Medicine urges member countries to regulate it, as a step prior to their incorporation into the National Health Systems of each country. Even so, the controversy persists, although in recent years we have seen how it was regulated in countries like USA, Australia, Chile, Portugal, etc., in other countries it is in process of regulation more or less advanced.
In the present presentation, it is intended, from the analysis of the situation of the topic in the different countries of the world, to verify if, as we thought, there is a tendency to regulate TCM independently of Western allopathic medicine, at the same time as the practice of so-called "integrative Chinese medicine" (a combination of Chinese medicine and Western allopathic medicine) is progressing and the research projects on the subject.

This analysis should allow us to infer what should be its location in the university system, within the framework of the European educational system.

After Law – Challenges in TCM practice in Portugal
Ricardo Teixeira (Portugal)

Earlier this year the Portuguese Government published the curriculum syllabus for higher education degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The last legislative steps are being made to complete the CAM Base Law, a process begun 15 years ago, at the moment Portugal has 6 of the 7 CAM therapies regulated. Lacking approval for 2 ordinances and one despatch already approved by the Portuguese Assembly.
But the question is what has changed or will change in the future with this law?
Also what are the challenges for the CAM practitioner today and in the future in Portugal?

Clearly and confidently communicating acupuncture’s evidence to our perspective patients and medical colleagues
Mel Hopper Koppelman (USA)

Everyday in clinic, we see exceptional results from our acupuncture treatments as our patient’s experience relief from a wide variety of long-standing issues. However, it can be challenging to explain what we do, how acupuncture works and what the clinical evidence is to our prospective patients and medical colleagues.
In this talk, Mel Hopper Koppelman will walk you through the acupuncture research landscape – highlighting landmark studies to have in your arsenal, explaining the criticisms of acupuncture’s evidence base and how to anticipate them and cogently respond, and demonstrating a new synthesis of emerging research that supports how acupuncture is able to achieve such amazing results in such a wide variety of conditions.

If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance by sending an email to secretary@etmca.org by April, 15th, 2018.
Entrance fee (30 €) will be payable in cash on the day of attendance and a receipt will be provided for the payment.
Please note that attendance at ETCMA events does not require a ticket for the main congress.


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